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Contact details

Mrs Paloma Garcia-Paredes

Email: cihdcour@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2646

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Child Health

Key facts

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70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

International Child Health MSc

This MSc engages in new ways of thinking to improve community level services for children and to critically analyse existing theory, policy and practice in international child health. It provides essential training in research and management approaches and promotes personal reflection and growth for those already working in this field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop the ability to identify and analyse the principles underlying policy and planning in the field of international maternal and child health, gain professional and academic skills in research and management, and are able to plan, evaluate, and apply a gender perspective to sexual and reproductive health policy and practice.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH) was established to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to studying health. The IGH is recognised for its promotion of health and development through research, teaching, consultancy and advocacy, and works closely with a number of centres of excellence in the UK and abroad.

Students benefit from a wide range of university resources reflecting the breadth and depth of UCL research and teaching, as well as London's dynamic collection of intellectual and cultural activities.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study 1-2 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
  • Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
  • Essentials of International Child Health
  • Health Systems in a Global Context

Options may include the following:

  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Disability and Development
  • Child Development, Inclusive Approaches
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Health Management, Planning and Programme Design
  • Regression Modelling
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
  • Research in Action: Qualitative Approach
  • Research in Action: Quantitative Approach
  • International Child Mental Health


All MSc students undertake an individual research project on a topic relevant to future work in international child health which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, discussion, project work, and independent and group study. Assessment is by written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in medicine, nursing, social science, development studies or other appropriate discipline. Relevant work experience, preferably within a developing country setting, is also required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2013. Due to competition for places candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Students applying for funding should take note of relevant application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for health professionals, policy makers and managers working in the area of international child health. It aims to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and approaches to develop and deliver effective community-based programmes in developing countries and resource-poor conditions.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study International Child Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Child Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital: Nurse
  • Options Consultancy Services Ltd: Project and Research Assistant
  • Ministry of Health: Head of Public Health Department
  • Emmanuel Hospital Association: Paediatrician
  • BCM: Volunteer
  • Ghana Health Service: Senior Medical Officer
  • LSE: PhD Social Psychology

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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